Gustave Rothschild
Born 1900
Died 12/23/1989 in Syracuse, NY

Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) - Monday, December 25, 1989
Services for Gustave Rothschild, 89, the founder of a Syracuse pharmacy business, who died Saturday, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Temple Adath Yeshurun. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Calling hours will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the temple. Mr. Rothschild died in his sleep at his home, 169 Edgehill Road, where he and his wife, Rose, had lived 45 years. In 1926, Mr. Rothschild founded Rothschild Pharmacy at South State Street and Raynor Avenue. As his three sons -- Alan, Lee and Gerald -- each graduated from pharmacy school, they joined him in the business. Mr. Rothschild\'s innovation in renting medical equipment for home use led to the formation of Rothschild Medical and Surgical Supply Co. in the early 1940s. In the 1950s, Mr. Rothschild started the development of the East Genesee Street business district with the opening of his third pharmacy. From that venture evolved Rothschild Home Health Care Co., Rothschild Medical and Surgical Supply Co. and Rothschild Development Corp. All those companies are located at 805 and 817 E. Genesee St. The Rothschild family\'s developments helped to turn the East Genesee Street corridor into a business, medical and cultural center. The family\'s development company built the Madison-Irving Medical Center at Madison Street and Irving Avenue, the largest medical office building in Syracuse. Mr. Rothschild retired in 1979, but he was not the type of man to sit quietly by. He remained an adviser and came by the business regularly. For decades, Mr. Rothschild also was known for the time and energy he devoted to Jewish causes. He was outspoken in his defense of Israel\'s right to exist. He was active in many other organizations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, that worked to defend human rights. He also was active in philanthropy, although many of his donations were made anonymously. In 1971, Mr. Rothschild was presented the Freedom Medal Award by the State of Israel, one of 12 presented in the United States and the highest award given to a non-citizen of Israel. He was hailed by the state for \'\'unselfish, tireless, steadfast dedication to the cause of our (Jewish) people.\'\' He was an active member of Temple Adath Yeshurun and attended services on a daily basis until the time of his death. Mr. Rothschild was a life member of The Zionist Organization of America. He was a life member of the Philo-Mount Sinai Masonic Lodge and a past master. He was a member of the Tigris Shrine Central City Consistory. He was general chairman for State of Israel Bonds from 1960 to 1971. He was a trustee of the State of Israel and a fellow of Hebrew University in New York City. Mr. Rothschild was a former board member and vice president of Young Israel Synagogue. He was an advisory board member of the Albany College Pharmacy. He served for many years at the Lighthouse as a volunteer to help the blind and served as secretary and board of directors member. He was a former board member of the local NAACP. Mr. Rothschild was a founder of the Hebrew Free School and served as treasurer for many years. He was a supporter of the Jewish Community Center and the Hebrew Day School. In 1965, he served as co-chairman of the Syracuse Jewish Welfare Federation Annual Campaign. In 1966, Mr. Rothschild was cited by Yeshiva University for outstanding service and leadership in strengthening Israel\'s economic life. Surviving are his wife, Rose; three sons, Lee, Alan and Gerald of Syracuse; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Earl of Syracuse; and one sister, Bessie Cohen of Denver, Colo.
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